Friday, December 31, 2010

January Chapter Meeting / Free Cycling Biomechanics Clinic

WHAT: Chapter Meeting and Free Cycling Biomechanics, Riding Pain Free Clinic by Health Motion Physical Therapists.

WHEN: Monday, January 3rd

WHERE: Health Motion Physical Therapy Building
428 Bridge St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

*** Please be aware that this month's meeting is NOT at the usual location (Rocky's Grill)

This special presentation on the biomechanics of cycling will address how the body functions optimally, common cycling injuries and how pain limits a riders endurance, strength and enjoyment when riding.

Our presenter is Tara Jansen, a licensed physical therapist, member of the MMBA and this years 1st place finisher in the Expert Women's Championship Point Series. In addition to covering the biomechanics of cycling, Tara will discuss handling common injuries, tips on avoiding injuries, proper warm up and stretching and answer your questions about any injuries, pain or limitations that are affecting your riding.

This is a unique opportunity to learn about handling injuries and riding pain free. You don't want to miss this Chapter meeting!

The Western MMBA is committed to bring MMBA members informational sessions and clinics in conjunction with out chapter meetings in the future. If you have ideas for future meetings please do let us know!

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hair of the Dog Ride - Jan 1st, noon @ Founders

What: No drop, everybody sticks together urban singletrack, side road, alley, parking ramp, traffic circle fun ride around Grand Rapids. No rider left behind, traffic rules are in play, helmets, mountain or cross bikes, blinkys, locks, proper dress for the weather & a good attitude are required. We will have a ride leader who needs to remain the ride leader. Anybody that passes the ride leader will be shot………….or, have to drink a shot, we haven’t decided yet. No kiddin, ya pass, ya lose because there are tons of twists and turns that would be hard to figure out.

Where: Founders Parking Lot ~ they’re closed at noon but, everyone knows where they are and they do open at 4pm. Find a place to park and meet at Founders.

When: 01 January 2011 ~ Wheels up at noon please – ride will finish @ The Hop Cat around 2pm or so, depending on weather & what the group wants to do.

Bring: Mountain or Cross bike, lock, cash for the inevitable watering hole stop, on the bike snacks, yourself, your friends and your sense of adventure.

We’ll have a few mobile phones along just in case. First scheduled stop: The Web bar @ 644 Richmond ~ finish at the Hop Cat which opens at: 11:30a.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Chapter Meeting - Monday November 1st @7:00pm

Mark your calendars for the next Chapter meeting!

WHEN: Monday, November 1st @ 7:00pm
WHERE: Rocky's Bar & Grill 633 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI

Last months chapter meeting was the largest yet with about 40 people attending. Come out and find out what the Western Michigan Mountain Biking Association is up to and what project are in the works! Tell us what project YOU are most interested in us working on in 2011!

We will be going over the following agenda items before opening up the floor for general ideas.

1.) Midwest Mountain Bike Summit summary
2.) Sponsor / Partnership Update
3.) "Adopt a Trail" expansion pilot project
4.) What have we been doing to accomplish our Imperative Goals?
a.) Improve participation in chapter activities by members and community.
b.) Be the natural surface trails advocacy group in West Michigan
c.) Communicate with community to support chapter initiatives.

After that any trail coordinators will give updates on their trails and we'll open up the floor for general ideas / thoughts. Your ideas are volunteerism are what makes West Michigan one of the best mountain bike spots around!

***Please note that the time is 7:00pm as opposed to last months later time.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Misery Loves Company #2

Thanks to all 60 racers who participated in the grueling 29 mile event held on a very very hot August Saturday.

Thanks also to Raymond Passchier for the loan of his timing clock.

Thanks and big kudos to Martin Hall for organizing these two unique events!

Pos All Single Speed Race Time
1 Ryan Olthouse 1:59:24
2 Al Northouse 2:13:23
3 Aaron Smith 2:16:11
4 Mark Allen 2:33:29
5 Jerry Mathias 2:34:00
6 Nate Phelps 2:50:33

Pos Men 35 to 49 Race Time
1 Nate Versluis 1:57:41
2 Rugg Foltz 2:10:15
3 Matt Remelts 2:11:23
4 Mark Cramer 2:15:26
5 Don Boersma 2:17:32
6 Dave Roush 2:23:45
7 Troy DeVoogd 2:29:22
8 Ken Sipe 2:32:59
9 Rick Watson 2:34:29
10 Neal Niswonger 2:36:12
11 Patrick Bogi 2:36:19
12 Jonathan Evans 2:37:54
13 Christian Glupker 2:40:35
14 Kevin Stacey 2:43:37
15 Tim Krone 2:50:31
16 Greg Ryan 2:51:52
17 Dave Roerig 2:57:31
18 Tom Stoner 3:07:51
19 Eric Smith 3:09:06
20 Dave Echelbarger 3:11:22
21 Sean O'Connor 4:38:23
Mike DeSchryver DNF

Pos Men 50 + Race Time
1 Tim Curtis 2:05:00
2 Kip Miller 2:11:52
3 Brad DeJonge 2:19:05
4 Steve Steinberg 2:33:11
5 Scott Roerig 2:33:59
6 Tom Reardon 2:49:14
7 Mike Needham 3:00:45
8 Tom Franz 3:05:12
9 Jeff Parker 3:15:07
Dave Crandall DNF

Pos Men Under 35 Race Time
1 Shawn Davison 2:03:20
2 Jeremy Karel 2:21:08
3 Steve Bartzen 2:21:46
4 John Leslie 2:31:14
5 Charlie Deppe 2:46:10
6 Jon Wloderczak 2:49:15
7 Keith Wallace 3:04:10
8 Christopher Ballor 3:06:46
9 Todd Williams 3:17:13
10 Kyle Merryfield 3:32:59
11 Glenn Valdez 3:44:12
Ryan Engemann DNF
Sean Evans DNF
Jeff Jacobi DNF

Pos Women 35 & over Race Time
1 Cindy Gippert 2:39:27
2 April Parrish 2:46:54
3 Monica Tory 3:08:23
4 Jean Steinberg 3:21:18
5 Briana Miller 3:50:26
6 Cathy Needham 4:11:48
7 Marleah Bevelacqua 4:21:05
8 Colleen Watson 4:26:42

Pos Women Under 35 Race Time
1 Summer Olmstead 2:55:20

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

10th Annual Midwest Mountain Bike Summit (Sept 10-12 in Grand Rapids)

The 10th Annual Midwest Mountain Bike Summit returns to Grand Rapids, September 10-12, 2010. Last year, the Summit drew nearly 200 mountain bikers from across the Midwest to Grand Rapids for three days of mountain biking advocacy and festivities, and in the words of Dirt Rag, "Advocacy never tasted so good". With Founders Brewing Company as the title sponsor this year, the 10th Annual Summit will make advocacy taste even better!

So, what is the summit? The Summit was conceived ten years ago by the Earthriders Mountain Bike Club in Kansas City, Missouri as a means to promote singletrack advocacy and awareness. In 2005, the summit began moving east making stops in St. Louis, Missouri (2005-2006) and Peoria, Illinois (2007-2008) before landing in Grand Rapids last year. The summit has grown with each stop, and now it is the regions premier mountain biking advocacy event/festival.

In keeping with tradition, the first day of the summit–Friday, September 10–is dedicated to advocacy. The Clif Bar Advocacy Day includes workshops such as The Ins and Outs of your IMBA Club Insurance Policy, presented by Scott Chapin of RJF Agencies; Developing Urban Trail Systems, presented by Ryan Schutz of IMBA; Tapping Project Resources From a Local University, presented by Professor Carol Griffen of Grand Valley State University; and day one of the two-day IMBA Trail School.

New this year is a Friday night urban ride complete with fireworks in downtown Grand Rapids, and a few optional stops at Founders and other local watering holes for refreshments.

Saturday will have a festival atmosphere with food, a beer garden, and music provided by local bands. The Founders Brewing Company's Festival Day will showcase the Grand Rapids Bike Park, which features a dual lane pump track, a developing skills area, a jump line, and 2.5 miles of singletrack with a jump competition–Pump Track Fury, and a short track competition. Attendees may participate in hands-on demonstrations on topics such as pump track design and the construction of technical trail features, presented by Aaron Rogers of the Copper Harbor Trails Club. If the Bike Park is not your thing, shuttles to other area trails will be provided. On Saturday night, attendees may participate in, or watch, the Cyclocross race under the lights.

The summit concludes Sunday, September 12 with an organized epic ride. The ride covers three different trail systems, almost every kind of surface you can ride a bike on (dirt, roads, and paved trails), and over 40 miles of riding. The epic ride is a great way to experience some of Western Michigan's finest singletrack.

The good news is that the summit is only $20 to attend, $15 if you are an MMBA member, and $5 for children 15 and under (accompanied by an adult). Even better news, if you sign up for the full three days, we'll throw in a reception dinner on Thursday night for free! Can't make it on Friday? A two-day attendance is $10 and includes clinics, classes, and events on Saturday and Sunday.

Main Website

Registration Link

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Mountain Bike Races at inaugural Meijer State Games of Michigan is great success!

Greetings everyone,
On behalf of the Western Chapter of the Michigan Mountain Bike Association, I would like to thank all our friends who came out to race with us at the innaugural Meijer State Games of Michigan mountain bike races.

We were very pleased with the turnout for this first-time event, with over 150 mountain bikers racing in both cross-country and downhill events. The forecast was ominous, but the weather turned out to be perfect for racing: sunny and hot. A new cross-country course set-up starting with a mile-long uphill run to the hole-shot gave the Cannonsburg Ski Area a unique and challenging feel. We began the day with over 30 youths, juniors, and beginners, many of whom were first time cross-country racers. In spite of flat tires and a grueling course, this group had a great time. The sport-class racers came next and they were a big crew with nearly sixty racers including geared bikes, single speeds, and 2 tandems! The course was reset to include portions of the skills course and a table-top feature which was very challenging and the topic of many stories after the race. A large number of sport and beginner racers stuck around to cheer for the more than 30 experts and elites who raced last. What a show they put on, inspired by cheers and cowbells all through the woods and along the course! The day concluded with 15 downhill racers who geared up with body armour and bike with huge suspensions! They put on a great show with tremendous efforts and great results!

A special podium was set up to honor the winning racers. The beginning and sport racers had the honor of receiving their gold, silver, and bronze medals from Olympic silver medalist Pam Kruse. In addition to receiving medals, all 1st, 2nd and 3rd place racers automatically qualify for the 2011 State Games of America taking place in San Diego, California next August 4-7.

Thank you all - racers, parents, family, friends and volunteers - for making this special event a great success - we couldn't have done it without you! We're already planning how to make it even better next year. And since it's never too early to start planning, mark June 24-26, 2011 on your calender - we expect next year's State Games will be even more awesome!

Dave Staublin,
Tournament Director

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

National Trail Day Saturday June 5th

Merrell has partnered with the wMMBA to host a trail work day during National Trails Day Saturday June 5th from 9am-1pm at the Cannonsburg Ski Area and a side trip to CSGA. Merrell will be on hand with a free lunch, free Merrell goodies and a chance to win $100 worth of Merrell products! Last time Merrell partnered with us we had over 45 people attend! We are hoping for a large turnout again as the Cannonsburg Ski Area and Game Area need a major haircut. Come on out and help remove some face slappers. Bring gloves, rakes, loppers, bug spray and water. Event held rain or shine. Canceled if thunderstorms are present.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Misery Loves Company!

The first annual Misery Loves Company membership raising event was held Sunday near Hastings on a HOT day in the sun. Chapter volunteer Martin Hall led a small team to operate a FREE (yes FREE) time trial.

The brutal 14 mile course mapped out by Martin and other members was challenging to the 36 racers that participated. Fourtenn of these racers either renewed their MMBA memberships or signed up as new MMBA members.

A longer course is set for the second in this series of grass-roots events to be held on “Terrific 25” Saturday August 28, 2010 2:00 pm

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

GR Bike Park Grand Opening

Join the Western Chapter in celebrating the Grand Opening of the Grand Rapids Bike Park, this Saturday, 5/15:
Directions to the park at http://www.grbikepark.com9am-11am -
Park Clean-up - Join the Pioneer Construction crew and become a volunteer in this clean-up event, part of the Friends of GR Parks' "I Heart GR Parks" volunteer workday. Many hands make light work and we need your help to continue clean-up efforts at the park.
Bring Gloves and appropriate work clothes. Water and cups will be provided, but to reduce trash, we would appreciate if you bring your own drinking container.
11am - Ribbon Cutting event with Mayor George Heartwell and other local officials.
11:05am - Mayor Heartwell takes the first "official" ride on the pump track.~
11:15am - Join Mayor Heartwell for the Mayor's Bike ride, a family friendly event heading up the Plaster Creek trail.
Or you can try out the pump track or test out the newly minted short singletrack loops. (Or do all three!!) Free cake will be served courtesy of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club and PedalGR while it lasts.
Come out and show your support for urban mountain bike access in Grand Rapids! The success of this trail and others yet to be developed relies upon the support of our local community.
Lastly, check out the awesome trailer for the documentary in the works on the making of the GR Bike Park. It really shows off what a fantastic pump track has been constructed at the site.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Cannonsburg State Game Area Trailday 5-8-10

Spring 2010

Step 1 completed 4-30-10

Delivered and staged 2 TONS of Flag Stone at work area. A BIG THANKS to our new friends at the STONE ZONE for a generous deal. Check them out for your personal projects and let them know you heard it hear. Thanks to Mike F for helping.

Step 2
Spent Day 2 and 3 laying down armoring with Rick and Aaron. Thanks Guys!
Beware of soft sand on the down hill just after the Trail Work Ahead sign in section 3. (as we begin to back fill the old tread) Had a good day armoring with flag and field stone but not quite ready to open for riding. Sand will be going away soon.

Step 3
Brought in more field stone and created a XLG nick in front of the armored section with the Ditch Witch (I LOVE DITCH WITCHES!) to divert water down the hill vs down and under the armor.
Stay tuned for more updates and pics.

PS: Anyone interested in laying a final "Stone of your Own" (Your personal piece of History on your Heritage Trail) come out for the Trial Day this Saturday 5-8-10 at 9 AM. Bring work gloves/shoes etc, H2O and bug spray. FREE Lunch!

Chris Curtis

Monday, April 19, 2010

Luton Park Trail Day this Sunday April 25th, 9am

Join us for a trail day at Luton Park this coming Sunday April 25th at 9:00am. Meet at the Kies St parking lot. We will not have the MMBA trailer, so please bring branch trimmers, shovels, rakes, chainsaws, hammers, gloves and boots for working in mud. We plan to install some 18” wide boardwalks to circumvent the mud pits on the Blue Loop thanks to the generous donations of cash and lumber from Mike Napieralski, Dave George, Bob Baker and Matt Gossman! Without their support this project would not have gotten off the ground. Thanks guys! Other projects for the day include some general maintenance and cutting in a few option routes. We could also take advantage of someone with a 4x4 pick-up truck to drive the boardwalks down to the site. Email me if you can bring a truck. Lunch provided.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Misery Loves Company Bike Race

Hey friends, Did that subject line really say free racing? That's right, free and fun are two of my favorite words so I figured I should share them with you. So it's free as long as you are a member of MMBA and if your not a member, become a member and it's free! You can become a member at the race. Fun? Fun because you are on a bike, riding stuff you have never ridden before, competing with your local friends and best of all sharing stories, exaggerations and refreshments with friends after the race on the lawn of the Blarney Stone. Bring your partner, the kids, the neighbors, just don't forget your bike. The more the merrier!
Details? "We don't need no stinking details!' But if you insist the May race will be between 12 and 15 miles the August race will be longer. I'm not telling you the routes! Racing starts at 2:00 pm, don't be late or you just might miss it! See you all at "Misery Loves Company" now why do you think we named it that??? Martin

Western MMBA is pleased to announce the member’s
“Misery Loves Company”
Mountain Bike Time Trial Races.

“Terrible 12” Sunday May 23, 2010 2:00 pm
“Terrific 25” Saturday August 28, 2010 2:00 pm

Both races start at the Blarney Stone Bar & Grill (606 South Whitmore Rd. Hastings, MI) Jct. of Whitmore Rd and M-179, west of Hastings. Food and drinks available from the Blarney Stone. Bring a lawn chair, and enjoy an afternoon of old school racing, good bar food and beer!

Course is comprised of gravel, sand, dirt roads and hills, did I mention hills! If you like Barry-Roubaix riding then you’ll flip over this as it covers some of the best & worst that Barry County has to offer. Route to be announced the day of the race, don’t worry, you’ll love it!
Awards = Bragging rights, your name in lights on the website and ???
Classes= Men <35,>35, SS

Registration: Day of registration only. Fee to race is membership in the MMBA, if you are currently a member there is no fee, if you are not we will sell you a membership so you can race. It’s an insurance thing & we’ll have a list!
Volunteers & Donations to the chapter will be accepted.

For additional information contact:

Friday, April 9, 2010

Bass River Trail Day

Our spring trail day at Bass River is going to be next Saturday, April 17th. Plan on meeting in the parking area at 1:00 pm. I should have the Western Chapter tool trailer, but feel free to bring a favorite wheelbarrow and shovel. Plan is to do general spring cleanup, topcoat the elevated sections, perhaps make a short new elevated section on the north loop, and check the rideovers and perhaps make a new one or two. Once the hard work is done, we’ll scout the area for new trail. The DNRE is quite eager to work with us on addition trail, but we have to make the first step and submit a written proposal.

Please pass this along to anyone you know that enjoys our trail.

Feel free to ask any questions.

Tom Landry

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Yankee Springs Time Trial

The 21st annual Yankee Springs Time Trial is upon us! Sunday April 18th. Volunteers always needed and welcome to make this chapter benefit event the success it has been for years.

Upcoming preparations include:

Trail maintenance day Sunday April 11 to get the course ready for the race the next week. April 11- Yankee Springs 1pm-3pm Race prep for the Yankee TT Tools provided, no experience required, kids welcome Meet at Deep Lake Trailhead

Saturday April 17 Set up activities for the event the next day 10am Meet at Deep Lake Trailhead

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cannonsburg Ski Area opening info

April 16th 2010 is a friday and on that day Cannonsburg will open the hills for everyone... bikers and hikers alike
2010 Rules for the Ski Area
-They can't have any bikers riding towards the triple (west). There are a few old trails going that way, it is not acceptable for anyone to use them. This is very important.
-No one should ever come on to Cannonsburgs' property from Egypt Valley or 5 mile (new trail on 5 mile)... again those trails are closed.
-The only bridge used by bikers and hikers should be the middle bridge.
-They are experiencing the beginning of costly and time consuming erosion on the "double" and the "face" ski hill. No bikers on the ski hills ever... this includes traversing across them. (approved course layouts may be acceptable for events).
-There is a change in the car parking this season. Bikers and hikers are allowed to park anywhere east of the middle bridge on the pavement. There is no need to park off to the side anymore since no bikers or hikers are allowed to cross the maintenance bridge.
-Opening day will always be subject to the weather but closing day will always be the first Sunday in November-(Nov. 7th 2010). This closing day is for all people except for Cannonsburg employees.
-Even though it may sound like they don't want bikers here, that is not the case. They think that it is important to have the community out here enjoying Cannonsburg in the winter and in the summer. It is the success of the western chapter of the MMBA that brings the large number of bikers here. With bigger numbers comes bigger problems... we just have to stay on top of those problems so Cannonsburg can continue to offer top notch biking.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Luton Park Update...Spring 2010

Many of you may not know but a parking lot was created in late December on Keis St. just west of the Luton Barn. The barn has been fenced off and parking for all user groups can take place at this new lot. It is a temporary lot in agreement with the Kent Co Road Commission. A larger and permanent lot will still be built at the Ten Mile entrance when funding becomes available. On some summer evenings the lot may not prove to be large enough for all the cyclists. Please don't park on the shoulder of the roadway, the sheriff can ticket you for this. Simply revert to old habits and park at the D&W Plaza instead.
When the soil conditions dry out a bit more and riding starts taking place out there please ride east from the parking lot toward the barn and join the trail at this point. This will be signed and potentially mowed in and visible soon but I am sure riders will beat the county to the punch on this one. Help "ride in" the connector by using the same path/course each time.
The county is going to add a causeway or raised tread in the two wetland areas of the Blue Loop. They had hoped to complete it this winter if we had little to no snow for a period. That never happened and if they drive back in there now we will really have a mess. They are considering waiting til August so please be patient. We will be involved in top dressing it, shaping and compacting it when the dirt is in place. There is about 500 feet on the east end and 500 feet on the west end that need this work. The wooden board walk ideas have fizzled due to the amount of hiking traffic the Blue Loop gets.
They also were approached by the scouts again. The scouts would like to do some volunteer construction out there and have agreed to place some post markers like the ones used at Siedman and Pickerel. 8x8's with arrows and loop colors on the top of the post. Our plastic arrows on trees would be removed. Not sure when this will take place.Thats it for now. Please resist the temptation to ride for a few more weeks. Go to Yankee or Fort Custer, I hear they are ready to go!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Grand Rapids Bicycle Film Festival

(On Facebook too. or just search Grand Rapids Bicycle Film Festival)
February 13, 2010
Wealthy Theatre
1130 Wealthy Street, SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
We're at it again. This time with the support of: The Western Chapter of the Michigan Mountain Bike Association, The Rapid Wheelmen, Grand Rapids BMX. We are running both a matinee and an evening show this year. Feel free to attend one or both shows. Rumor is the Snowcross is happening that day too. Come on over to the West Side for the snow cross, then stay for the Bicycle Film Fest!
MATINEE SHOW: Doors open at 2:30. Movies from 3-5pm. Pre-sale tickets are $5. Day of tickets are $7. The matinee is a BMX themed event in the Koning Micro Theatre.
EVENING SHOW: Doors open at 6:30. Movies from 7-10pm. Pre-sale tickets are $13. Day of tickets are $15. The evening show has movies running in both the main theater (Wege Auditorium) and the Koning Micro Theatre. We have a collection of cycling shorts, documentaries, great cinematography, and a couple local production efforts included.

PRE-SALE TICKETS: Pre-sale tickets can be purchased in person at Wealthy Theatre or on line at:
DAY OF TICKETS: Day of tickets are available on site before the show.

MOVIE LINE UP: Cycling shorts from around the world.
FatBike (Cycling in Anchorage Alaska -
Into the Thunder Dragon (Mountain Unicycling in the Himalayas -
Stompin’ Stu (The Story of Legendary BMX racer Stu Thomsen -
Joe Kid on a Sting Ray (The History of BMX -
Plus we have two local submissions. We're giving a nod to the local efforts on this one.

OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF:CASH BAR!!!! Founders IPA on tap.Pizza by the slice from Brickroad Pizza
200 - 300 of your cycling friends.
Profits go to the benefit of Grand Rapids BMX, Michigan Youth Cycling, The Midwest Mountain Bike Summit, and future GR Bicycle Film Festivals.